Auf einen Blick

  • Studienrichtung

    Natur- und Geowissenschaften
  • Studientyp

  • Abschluss

    Master of Science
  • Lehrsprache

  • Studienform

    Vollzeit, Teilzeit
  • Studienbeginn

  • Zulassungsbeschränkung

  • Regelstudienzeit

    4 Semester

  • Leistungspunkte



Prerequisite to the admission is:

  • Bachelor degree in mathematics, physics or informatics
  • or related subjects, provided the following criteria are met:
    • 30 ECTS of basic mathematics with at least 20 ECTS covering algebra and analysis
    • 20 ECTS of knowledge in theoretical physics or equivalent subsects as regards to content
  • B2 level certificate of English language or equivalent proof


Special features of this master course:

  • international – English as course language
  • interdisciplinary – joint initiative of Mathematics and Physics departments
  • develop analytic skills – learn to solve complex problems and to transfer concepts to related fields
  • forefront research – supported by the local Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences

You learn the general principles of mathematics and theoretical physics in the two fundamental courses on mathematical physics. Basing on your knowledge on analysis, algebra and theoretical physics obtained during your Bachelor course you widen and deepen your expertise on topics like symmetries, geometry, field theory and quantum mechanics. Furthermore, you gain in-depth knowledge on selected fields by taking elective courses. The course structure allows multiple individual choices. Shape the program along your own preferences and take courses on:

  • Dynamical Systems,
  • Differential Geometry,
  • Stochastic Processes,
  • Gravity and Cosmology,
  • Condensed and Soft Matter,
  • Partial Differential Equations or
  • Particles and Quantum Fields.

On our program website and in the study documents you find all details on modules, structure and content. Also, five study plans of methodologically complementary courses (“tracks”) are given as guide for you: (i) Gravitation / Differential Geometry,  (ii) Dynamical Systems / Stochastics, (iii) Stochastics / Condensed Matter, (iv)  Quantum Field Theory / Functional Analysis and (v) Field Theory / Dynamical Systems.

Other key benefits:

  • study in a vibrant place with long-standing tradition in mathematical physics
  • enjoy small courses led by dedicated lecturers
  • to current projects in research groups at Leipzig University or MPI MiS
  • option to continue your carrier in the prestigious graduate school IMPRS MiS
  • live in a vibrant city with a rich cultural scene, affordable housing and a lot of green spaces and nearby lakes

The master course consists of two one-year periods. The corner stone in the first phase are the two courses on mathematical physics. They will base on your fundamental knowledge in mathematics and theoretical physics and set the background for the advanced specialized courses you take later on.

In the research phase, you will learn to do independent research under the supervision of a professor or senior scientist, become a part of a research group and contribute to research problems of current interest.

The course structure allows individual choices and thus a wide range of specialization options. In addition to the wide variety of topics in mathematics and theoretical physics you could also make use of the extended selection of elective modules, e.g. from meteorology (data assimilation or numerical weather prediction and climate modelling) or informatics (neuro-inspired information processing, artificial neural networks and machine learning, visualization, graphs and biological nets).

Owing to the importance of mathematics and physics in modern society, you can follow many avenues for employment in academia and industry. Many graduates do a PhD and benefit from excellent local opportunities at our institutes of mathematics and theoretical physics and at the MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences, e.g. as member of our graduate school IMPRS MiS.

Due to the skills shortage in the field of mathematicians, IT specialists, natural scientists and technicians in Germany, you have excellent opportunities to pursue a wide range of careers in industry and business (e.g. in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, medical technology, software development, finance and insurance, communication systems, energy, transport or logistics). Other job opportunities exist in the service sector (e.g. business consulting, technology consulting) or in scientific research institutions and in administration (e.g. material testing offices, quality assurance, validation, IT security).


Studienbeginn: Wintersemester
Zulassungsbeschränkt (NCU): nein
Bewerbungsfrist: 02.05.-15.09.
Bewerbungsportal: AlmaWeb

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Internationale Studierende finden Informationen zu den Bewerbungsfristen und zum Bewerbungsverfahren auf der Seite "International".

Studienangebot im Sommersemester: 2. FS - zulassungsfrei
Bewerbungsfrist: 01.12.-15.03. für Sommersemester
Bewerbungsportal: AlmaWeb
besondere Immatrikulationsvoraussetzungen: Anrechnungsbescheid

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Internationale Studierende finden Informationen zu den Bewerbungsfristen und zum Bewerbungsverfahren auf der Seite "International".